All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
The Sprollie is a cross between the Collie and English Springer Spaniel. On their own, these two dog breeds are fantastic and have wonderful characteristics. Breeding these two dog breeds has created this wonderful dog breed with a great attitude to life. The history of this dog breed is not fully documented but it is believed the Collie’s parent was first noted in the Scottish Highlands and we’re led to believe they were brought to the area by the Romans. The Collie is an excellent herder of livestock and was once called the “Scottish Sheepdogs”. The English Springer Spaniel was thought to have originated from the United Kingdom. Breeding of both breeds has created a dog breed that has proved to be very popular and now considered more as a companion as opposed to a working dog breed. The Sprollie’s appearance and temperament can very vastly; between individual dog’s breeds as each of the parents will have different traits.
The Sprollie’s appearance can differ somewhat between individual dogs. The reason for this largely depends on what traits, genes and characteristics the puppy inherits from their parents. Majority of Sprollies have medium sized floppy ears that are typical of the English springer spaniel. Their coat, tail and colourings typically resemble those of a Collie. Their eyes have an oval shape and are set far apart. Their teeth are razor sharp and perfectly aligned. The Sprollie typically has a strong neck with a muscular shape. Their hindquarters are muscular and well-developed. They have oval shaped paws with pads that are deep and well-built.
The Sprollie has a well-proportioned head, with floppy ears that are typical of the English springer spaniel. The Sprollie has an alert expression which is inherited from both parent breeds. They express a rather “keen” ready to go look, which leads the owner to believe that they always want to walk or play.
This cross breed has a rather beautiful outlook on life, with their adventurous streak and humble attitude, the Sprollie makes a wonderful pet dog for a family for any age. Providing the Sprollie receives adequate training, love and attention, they are suitable to be around children of all ages.
Sprollies either have very long hair on their coats or really short hair. Whatever the length of hair, their coat is typically dense and they have a soft undercoat, which helps protect them from the cold and other elements. Long-haired Sprollies have longer hair around their neck and their upper shoulders which shapes into a mane. Their hair is feathered on their legs and under their tails. The Sprollie typically comes in a variety of colours which ranges from: White and Liver with or without spots on their belly face and legs or they come in Black and White, again, with our without spots on their belly, face and their legs.
The Sprollie is a fun, loving dog, with a wonderful personality. Their temperament does vary between each dog and this largely depends on the parents. The Sprollie can be obedient and sweet and can also be destructive and naughty if they’re not trained correctly. From a young age the Sprollie needs to be adequately socialised around children so they’re able to behave correctly and become loving, friendly family pets. As with all dog breeds, they should be supervised when left with very young children.
The Sprollie is very energetic and needs to burn off their energy on a daily basis. If they don’t receive enough exercise they are prone to becoming destructive and unhappy. Some Sprollies can be extremely loving towards the whole family and there are some Sprollies that become fully devoted to one person.
As with any puppy they need to be taught the basics when they first come home. Teaching them boundaries from the offset will set them up correctly as to where they’re allowed to go in the home and what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable. A great way of training your puppy is to enrol them in puppy training classes. As the Sprollie is a high-spirited and energetic dog breed they will require lots of continuous training.
The Sprollie is extremely active and this is a wonderful trait for any active family. They have a particularly friendly temperament, which doesn’t serve well if a stranger approaches them or your home. It’s safe to say that this dog breed doesn’t make the best watchdog of all the dog breeds there are.
This dog breed is fast learner and can easily adapt to most situations. They require lots of positive reinforcement from their loved ones and with this, they become a truly, wonderful family pet.
The Sprollie is a great choice of dog breed for first time owners. As they’re a highly intelligent dog breed they require a patient and dedicated owner; willing to put in the time to properly train and socialise their Sprollie. As they’re a high-energy dog breed, they’re an excellent choice of dog for a family with young children, although playtime should be supervised.
The Sprollie is suited to a person or family that leads a very active life. As they’re a high energy dog, they require lots of exercise and mental stimulation. A Sprollie is better suited to a home that has large outdoor space that is secure and fenced off. This dog breed is not well-suited to living in an apartment as they require lots of space. The Sprollie is a highly intelligent dog breed and can become bored very easily should they not be stimulated enough.
The Sprollie is a very sociable dog breed with a tendency to become very needy. Early training and socialisation will help prevent them from suffering with separation anxiety and the needy behaviour. The Sprollie dog breed can become bored very easily if they’re not exercised enough and receive adequate mental stimulation. Those that work long hours and are not very energetic shouldn’t consider a Sprollie.
The Sprollie is known for being very affectionate. They absolutely adore their owner and family. They tend to form a strong bond with just one person and if you’re fortunate to be this person, be ready for lots of slobbery, wet kisses and endless amounts of love and attention. As previously mentioned, the Sprollie can become needy and this can be controlled with training. If you’re an affectionate person, then the Sprollie is the perfect dog breed of choice.
Sprollies love playtime as they have a very playful side. Infact, playing fetch with their loved ones is one of their favourite things to do. They love to take part in canine exercises including agility training. They’re especially good at obedience classes and any form of active exercise.
The Sprollie isn’t known to bark a lot like other dog breeds that love to bark all day long. Excessive barking should be addressed when they’re a pup and training should be given to prevent them from continuously barking. Sprollies do tend to bark only when strangers approach them or they feel uncomfortable with their surroundings.
The Sprollie can be territorial over their home and loved ones. Training should be properly introduced when they’re a pup to help prevent this from becoming a serious issue.
The Sprollie is a very intelligent dog breed as well as a fast learner. They are able to retain a lot of information in a short period of time and process very quickly. There is a negative to this, because of their ability to learn at a fast pace, they are also able to learn bad habits, so you must be careful when training and address any bad habits and behaviours, immediately.
Their training must be consistent and always fair so they know what is to be expected of them and they’re happy. Sprollies love being given commands and tasks to do. This is great, should you need any assistance in fetching your slippers!
This dog breed excels at most activities and they’re especially good at agility training. One of the key successes to training your Sprollie is to make their training as interesting as possible. You should also aim to keep to keep their training sessions as short as possible to prevent them from becoming bored.
Sprollie’s are typically not high maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brushing your Sprollie twice a week is sufficient enough to keep their coat in good condition. They do, however, shed throughout the year and more so during spring and summer and then in autumn. During this time you should increase the brushing to daily to help prevent a build-up of hair within your home and keep your dog’s coat in better condition.
As with all dog breeds, you should check their ears on a regular basis to help keep them clean. If left untreated, wax will eventually build up and can cause an ear infection which can then be hard to clear up.
The Sprollie is generally healthy, although there are some known health problems that they’re predisposed to from both parent breeds. These are:
The Sprollie has an average life expectancy of 10- 17years if they’re properly cared for and fed a quality diet. As with all dog breeds, their diet should consist of high quality canned food and kibbles. They should always have fresh water to drink.
Sprollies are prone to suffering with allergies and it’s always worth visiting your vet to seek advice on the best approach to combat and prevent flare ups. Unfortunately, allergies are hard to clear and often we’re not completely certain on what the triggers are. To help alleviate a possible flair up, it’s worth researching what the triggers could be. Listed below are a few possibilities that could cause your Sprollie to suffer with allergens,
Sprollie puppies should receive their vaccinations before being sold or adopted to their new owners. It is vital that the new owner checks that they’re up-to-date with their shots and request the official paperwork. The follow up vaccinations are the responsibility of the owner and should be given as follows:
It’s recommended by the professionals that you should neuter your dog when they’re slightly older, normally around the age of 6-9 months old and on some occasions at the age of 12 months old. If you’re unsure you should book an appointment with your vet and seek their professional advice.
The basic care you should give any dog breed is feeding them a high quality diet, regular grooming, lots of exercise and plenty of love and attention.
Sprollie puppies are notoriously noisy and full of life. As with all puppies, it is important that your home is puppy proof and your garden is safe and hazard free. Puppies love to explore so you must ensure that any household cleaning products are out of reach and locked away. Pay extra attention to your garden and make sure any holes in your fence or gateways are properly covered up and flowers and plants that are potentially poisonous are not within reach, or removed, and your puppy is safeguarded against them.
Your Sprollie puppy should be properly trained and socialised from a young age so they grow to be independent, happy dogs. Whilst they’re growing, your puppy will need plenty of sleep and relaxing time. It’s vital that they’re not disturbed and allowed the time to rest as this is when their little bodies are growing and developing into an adult dog.
You should also teach your dog to play outside rather than in the house as that will encourage them to keep playtime outside and create more calmness in the house.
When picking your puppy up from the breeder, they should provide up-to-date information on their worming and information regarding their microchip. Their worming schedule should be as follows:
As your Sprollie ages and they reach their golden years, they are at more risk of developing certain health conditions. As well as them turning a shade of grey around certain parts of their body, there will be other noticeable changes. As they age their coat becomes coarser and they lose muscle tone. Sprollies can also become overweight or underweight and they show signs of reduce stamina and strength. As they age they also struggle to regulate their body temperature and therefore you will need to provide a blanket during winter and provide adequate care during the summer. Often, as a dog ages, they also develop arthritis and so it’s worth supplementing this by giving them high quality supplement during their adult years.
During your Sprollies senior years their response time tends to slow down and they tend to become slower in their movements and can often feel disorientated. They become intolerant to change so this always needs to be considered as they age. They have a lower pain threshold and become fusser about their food.
Living with any dog that is aging means that their care needs to be stepped up and there are a few more responsibilities. As long as these are managed and their diet is cared for properly, your dog will live a happy, healthy life during their senior years. You should also be looking after their teeth and making sure their bed is still in good condition and they’re happy and comfortable.
Living with a Sprollie in their golden years means taking on a few more responsibilities, but these are easily managed and should include taking a look at their diet, the amount of exercise they are given, how often their dog beds need changing and keeping an eye on the condition of their teeth.
An older Sprollie doesn’t require the same amount of exercise as a younger Sprollie but they still need to maintain exercise to keep them healthy, their muscles toned and to help prevent them from putting on weight. Older dogs, as with any dogs, need access to fresh drinking water at all times. Senior dogs are prone to kidney failure and therefore need plenty of drinking water on a daily basis.
The Sprollie should receive at least 2 long walks a day, preferably no less than 45 minutes each, majority of this time should be spent off the lead so they’re free to run around as much as possible. The Sprollie is an energetic dog breed and requires lots of exercise to help keep them healthy and happy. You should only consider this dog breed if you’re particularly energetic and outdoorsy, yourself. If they do not receive adequate exercise they are prone to becoming bored and then destructive. They love agility training and excel at most sporting activities. The Sprollies favourite game is fetch and if you’re up for it, they will play endlessly in the park.
As previously mentioned Sprollies are not suited to living in an apartment and require a garden to play in. During the down time of them not going for walks, they should spend lots of time playing in the garden.
Sprollie puppies shouldn’t receive too much exercise as their bones and joints are still growing, they shouldn’t be encouraged to jump from high heights or furniture as this can make their undeveloped bones and joints, brittle
The Sprollie is a very sociable dog breed and loves giving and receiving attention. The breed is alert and very inquisitive and so loves to explore. Generally, Sprollies are good with children, but supervision should be giving if they’re playing with younger, smaller children.
Sprollies are good with other pets as long as they’re socialised properly from a young age. Supervision should be given if your Sprollie is playing with a smaller dog as they tend to heard smaller animals and can nip at them if they don’t obey.
During the time you’re visiting your puppy and looking to buy or adopt, there are several important factors to consider. You can read our Buying a Pedigree Puppy article which gives further helpful advice on what to look out for when buying your puppy.
The sprollie is a popular working dog and thus always in demand. This results in majority of owners paying a premium to own a Sprollie. With this, there are important factors to consider, along with some very important questions you should ask before buying your Sprollie from a breeder. These are as follows: